Reason for Immigrants to Learn English

United States
January 11, 2007 1:34pm CST
If the government still wants to pander legal and illegal aliens with rying to make any other language but English the our nation language - Recent polls show that the WORLD believes in the importance of learning English. It may be time to tell Americans this. In June, the Pew Research Center announced the results of an extensive survey on global trends such as the spread of democracy, globalization, and technology. Titled "Views of a Changing World," it was conducted from 2001 to 2003 and polled 66,000 people from 50 countries. The survey received some publicity in the United States, mainly because it showed that anti-American sentiments were on the upswing around the world. Less publicized was the fact that there is a now a global consensus on the need to learn English. Ready to help: Honduran university students organize themselves before setting off to Tegucigalpa to provide volunteer aid during a flood. In a recent poll, 91 percent of Hondurans agreed on the importance of English as the language needed to succeed in the world today. KERRY HODGES / UPI PHOTO SERVICE One question in the Pew survey asked respondents to agree or disagree with the statement "Children need to learn English to succeed in the world today." Many nations showed almost unanimous agreement on the importance of learning English. Examples include Vietnam, 98 percent; Indonesia, 96 percent; Germany and South Africa, 95 percent; India, 93 percent; China and the Philippines, 92 percent; Honduras, Japan, Nigeria, and Uganda, 91 percent; and France, Mexico, and Ukraine, 90 percent. To an immigrant like myself (from Chile), these results come as no surprise. Parents around the world know that English is the global language and that their children need to learn it to succeed. English is the language of business, higher education, diplomacy, aviation, the Internet, science, popular music, entertainment, and international travel. All signs point to its continued acceptance across the planet. Given the globalization of English, one might be tempted to ask why the United States would need to declare English its official language. Why codify something that is happening naturally and without government involvement
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• India
11 Jan 07
well, you are certainly right! english is important and we all need to understand and appreciate this fact. let this be the "language" of this century and lets all acknowledge its importance too! here in india, its almost a must now. i suggest even for the older non student immigrants, we can have an examination like the toefl to test thier proficiency in english language. i think this can seriously help one and all! what do you people have to say?
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@kesfylstra (1870)
• United States
11 Jan 07
It is ironic that English is taught in schools around the world, but we are so afraid to teach it to our own children, and adults for that matter, because we don't want to "discriminate". Sometimes this country drives me crazy...
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@sunshinecup (7880)
11 Jan 07
I know a few years ago, one of our states, Florida maybe, or California wanted to declare Spanish it's official laguage. It was denied quickly. I found that rather odd. Maybe things like this is why.
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
11 Jan 07
was probably Clif. for it has so many wet backs coming over teh border like Nevada . we are getting swampped my mexicans and other latin american countrys and they dont speak Engglish but for a sate to do that is very very wrong and un American grrrrrrrrrrr
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
11 Jan 07
very good post. and I wonder to why we have to declare english as our language fo rthats all we have spoken since birth.
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@Didon31 (106)
• Indonesia
11 Jan 07
wow good posting. My primary language is not English, so I always tr to improve my English. the are have a lot of English course in my country. So if you can English I think you can make conversation with other person in the world.